Daryaganj, also written as Darya Ganj is a major commercial hub of modern Old Delhi. Netaji Subhash Road that begin from Delhi Gate and goes towards the historic Red Fort, Jama Masjid and Chandni Chowk, passes through middle of this area, which are short walk away.
The area also has a number of eye hospitals and clinic, including the reputed Dr. Shroff's Charity Eye Hospital that opened in 1917. The district bustles with shoppers from Monday to Saturday, and on Sunday it is home to India's largest platform market for magazines and second hand books.
Daryaganj is also famous for its all time favourite markets like the Sunday Book Market or the Kitab Bazaar (Book Market) that is held every Sunday on street pavements, (Sunday being weekly holiday for the shops). The market established around 1964, today stretches almost for 2 kilometers, and one may find books on virtually any topic here at throwaway prices.
The former President of Pakistan, Pervez Musharraf was born and used to live in Daryaganj before migrating to Pakistan after the Partition of India in 1947.
Darya Ganj today is quite well known all over the country, thanks to the number of book publishers who have their offices here. Ranging from S. Chand & Co., to Prentice Hall India, to Oxford University Press, mostly on Ansari Road, an inner road on the eastern side Daryaganj and is neighbouring areas. Daryaganj is also home the Hans, a Hindi literary magazine, restarted by writer Rajendra Yadav in 1986, originally founded by Premchand, a pioneer in Hindi literature.
Darya Ganj also has one major cinema hall called Golcha, which opened in 1954, one of the oldest cinemas of Delhi.
Daryaganj also has what was once the only restaurant of Old Delhi, the Moti Mahal founded by Kundan Lal Gujral, most known for the invention of butter chicken and modern dal makhani. Another notable modern restaurant is Chor Bizarre near Delite cinema, which serves Kashmiri cuisine.
In addition to this, Darya Ganj is known to all Delhiites for the food you can get here. From the Baniyaan of Gupta ji, to Devi ke Kulche, to Pindi ka Dahi, these are a must try for anyone going to Darya Ganj. Of course, you could also hop over to the areas around Jama Masjid, for some delicious Kababs, hether from the roadside stalls, or the famous Karim Hotel.